Archive for September, 2009

Just a reminder that BikeTown USA visits Phoenix tomorrow. The event, which is coordinated by Valley Metro and Bicycling Magazine’s BikeTownUSA, is being held at the Tempe Transportation Center at 5th and Forrest at Tempe’s main light rail stop just west of Sun Devil Stadium. The event begins at 9am and runs til 11am. In addition to announcing the 30 bike giveaways, a Bike Rodeo will be held at a nearby park. Families with children are encouraged to attend the bike rodeo. Arrive by bike, or bring your bikes (parents, too) and you can learn how to ride safely. The Bike Rodeo is an obstacle course set up to mimic real world situations. Children and parents navigate the course (under instruction) to learn rules of the road and road safety. While you’re at the Transportation Center, take a tour of the new Bicycle Cellar.

Attendees are encouraged to use alternative transportation to get to the event. The light rail stops right at Tempe Transportation Center. Many free Orbit Circulator buses and Valley Metro buses also stop at the TTC. Bikes are allowed on the light rail and all buses have bike racks on the front. Parking is available across the street in the new 5th Street Garage. Visit ValleyMetro.org for bus & light rail information including automatic route planning.

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Well if you answered yes to at least two of these questions, ya’ might be interested in this.

“Naked bikers needed for Flaming Lips music video to be shot in Portland next week” posted on target=”_blank”>BikePortland’s blog 9/16/09.

BTW – we have a category for PORTLAND? Come on…

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I haven’t been able to source this text online just yet, but board member Jeremy came across the following in the printed version of PHOENIX Magazine in their Best of the Valley 2009 feature:

Best way to Join a Bike Gang: Tempe Bicycle Action Group
This group is serious about cycling. Created five years ago by Arizona State University graduates, the group now consists of more than one hundred bike fanatics*. The name started as a joke, but TBAG stickers now adorn frames across Tempe. From beginners to up-and-coming Lance Armstrongs, TBAG welcomes riders of all levels. Training wheelers can join them for the Cupcake Ride, a short ride to a local cupcake shop for a treat along the trail. Other events include weekend bar-hopping, bike polo, and tranquil rides around the Valley. TBAG’s six core volunteers also advocate for additional routes and rights for cyclists in Tempe. Wanna hop on? Follow TBAG’s blog for the latest. biketempe.org

*I’m not sure where they got the “more than one hundred” number from, but it’s cool nonetheless! We’ve 138 members on our Facebook Group and more than 350 members on our mailing list. Are you one of them? If not, join now! A big thank you to PHOENIX Magazine!

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PedalsandPicturesflyer-MEDCan’t make Tour de Fat this year? Check out this pre-event the night before (Friday Oct 9th):

“PEDALS & PICTURES” – Oct 9th at MADCAP Theaters in Tempe!!

The night before Tour De Fat at MADCAP Theaters on Mill Ave in Tempe (the old Harkins Centerpoint) we’re throwing a bike double feature…RAD and QUICKSILVER on the BIG screen!!

* Tix are only $5
* Showtime 7PM
* New Belgium beer being served
* New Belgium GIVEAWAYS
* Bike valet

For more information email Sean with Catered Creations Media.

PRE SALE IS UP! The theater only holds 160 ppl so get tix while you can.

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Tour de Dive does not involve water, but it does involve various local watering holes more commonly known as dive bars. Join us TOMORROW, 9/18, as we tour several establishments the likes of which you may never have known to exist prior to this very moment. Gather your illumination devices and brain buckets and meet at the entrance to Tempe Beach Park (off Mill & Rio Salado) at 7:30pm. Bring CASH, as most of these establishments will deny your plastic or direct you to an ATM that inevitably charges a $4 convenience fee. Much respect will be granted to someone who shows up in a bath robe and drinks white russians all night long while wearing sunglasses.

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galv_bridge As I drive down the 101 to Chandler somewhat regularly, I became curious as to the small center support pier constructed between Ray & Chandler. I contacted ADOT and they informed me it was indeed for a pedestrian bridge (as I suspected). ADOT built the pier and City of Chandler is building the pedestrian bridge to connect Galveston Road. I spoke with Bill Fay, Public Works Engineer with the City of Chandler, and he informed me that construction is slated for 2015 but there’s a possibility it could be built in 2010. The pier was constructed to Federal Environmental Standards and the city has submitted the bridge project as “Shovel Ready” seeking Federal stimulus funds. Bill also informed me that Arizona Ave is to get bike lanes in a lane narrowing project, and Chandler Blvd is to be widened at the 101 so bike lanes can be installed.

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